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Middle East airports report.(Airports)

After generally strong traffic results in 2002, rising tensions in the Middle East during the runup to and the US-led invasion of Iraq last spring appear to have had only a short-term impact on the healthy growth being enjoyed by many airports in the region. Traffic rebounded robustly during the summer months, and increased political and economic stability could mean even better news lies ahead, justifying the expansive growth programs being undertaken by many.

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), United Arab Emirates, is in the process of completing a huge expansion project to bring capacity to 7.2 million passengers a year within the next five years. Cargo capacity will be increased to 350,000 tonnes in the same timeframe.

The plan includes a new satellite terminal connected to 11 aircraft stands capable of accommodating the A380. The terminal is expected to have 4,000 sq. m. of duty-free retail space, restaurants and passenger areas.

Ataturk Airport (IST), Istanbul, Turkey, completed its International Terminal project in early 2000. That year it saw more than 14.6 million travelers pass through the airport and 171,718 aircraft movements. The terminal has 18 mobile bridges and is four times the size of the old facility. The car park, one of the largest in Turkey, accommodates 7,076 vehicles. …

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